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Prevalence and correlates of indoor tanning among US adults

Division of Population Science, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (Impact Factor: 5). 06/2008; 58(5):769-80. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2008.01.020
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ABSTRACT Little is known about the prevalence of indoor tanning among the US general adult population.
This study sought to: (1) describe the prevalence of indoor tanning throughout adulthood; (2) identify demographic and psychosocial correlates of indoor tanning; and (3) determine whether these correlates vary by age group.
This study used data from the 2005 National Health Interview Survey, an annual health survey of the US adult population.
Indoor tanning rates were higher among individuals who were young, white, and female. Rates of indoor tanning in the last year varied from 20.4% for those aged 18 to 29 years to 7.8% for those aged 65 years and older. A variety of demographic, health, and behavioral health risk factors correlated with indoor tanning.
The study design was cross-sectional and all data were self-reported.
Health care providers should address indoor tanning as a health risk factor across the lifespan.

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